Four Eagles Qualify for the Conference Championships at Al Manuel Invitational as Eastern return home to compete on April 9
The Eastern Washington University track and field teams were a combined 5-1 in dual meets at the Al Manuel Invitational Friday and Saturday (April 2-3) in Missoula, Mont., and will compete in Cheney, Wash., at the 39th Annual Pelluer Invitational on April 9.
In men’s team scoring, Eastern beat Gonzaga (165-17), Montana (102-93.5) and Montana State (137-63). The Eagle women beat Gonzaga (144-35) and Montana State (95.5-93.5), and lost to Montana (105.5-93.5).
In the women’s 100 meters, Brianna Okoro qualified for the Big Sky Conference Championships, which take place in Odgen, Utah on March 12-15. She had a time of 12.45 to finish third. Teammate Whitney Leavitt, who qualified for the conference championships earlier this season, finished second with a time of 12.35 and won the 200 meters with a time of 25.40.
Mari Bingham qualified for the BSC Championships in the shot put with a mark of 45-3 to finish second. Teammate Erica Chaney finished third with a mark of 45-2 1/4 and won the discus with a throw of 152-0. She had already qualified for the conference championships in both events earlier this season.
Emilee Deishl qualified for the league championships in the javelin with a mark of 131-5.
The women’s 4x100 team had the third-best performance in school history with a time of 46.24. That team consists of Sarah Frey, Okoro, Shene Davis and Leavitt. The school-record time of 45.93 was set in 1994.
Zach Nielsen qualified for the conference championships in the discus with a throw of 159-11 to finish second.
Simon Sorenson won both the 800 meters and the 1,500 meters. In the 800 he had a time of 1:56.70 and in the 1,500 he had a time of 4:03.74.
The Eagles will host the 39th Annual Pelluer Invitational on April 9. Field events will begin at noon and running events start at 4 p.m. Eastern will then compete on April 10 in Spokane, Wash., at the Oregon-Washington Dual.